Discover the real Cairns
Living in the tropics
Explore the history of tropical life at the Cairns Museum. Family friendly, air-conditioned and free wi-fi.
Cairns Over Time
Here you will find the story of Cairns told through the lives of locals, including Cairns Traditional Owners. It's the tales of our city – the good, the bad and the downright troppo.
Swamps, sweat and sugar. How a port town was imposed on a steamy tropical landscape and the industries that made it prosper.
Living in the Tropics
Hang out with the locals – including the unwelcome ones! A playful look at what makes life different in the tropical climate.
Relax and watch the passing parade from a genuine tropical verandah. Enjoy the cool breeze and try your hand at a game of chess.
The School of Arts
Step back into a recreation of the 1907 School of Arts, with its curious collections and photo tables for exploration.
A place to explore local collections, contemporary histories and quirky characters.